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A Pair of Aces for Downtown Raleigh

A Pair of Aces for Downtown Raleigh

Rather than wait for a client to beat a path to their door, the enterprising owners at Raleigh Architecture Company, one of the city’s newest firms, built a better mousetrap. Actually, they built two – side by side. Downtown, on infill lots. “We played developer, contractor, architect, and owner on these,” says firm co-owner Robby [...]

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A SieMatic Kitchen on the Cutting Edge

A SieMatic Kitchen on the Cutting Edge

The company that introduced the handle-free kitchen in 1960 is ready for a rebound from the recession. And it’s got the goods to prove it. Its SieMatic 3003 kitchen is an exercise in sleek, minimalist design – but one that mingles Steam Punk and French Industrial influences with modern antecedents. “We want to contribute something,” [...]

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Sculptural Furniture from Ingrid Donat

Sculptural Furniture from Ingrid Donat

From Nov. 13-17, Carpenters Workshop will feature work by French artist Ingrid Donat at The Salon: Art + Design, in New York. Her bronze sculpted furniture is influenced by tribal tattooing and the work of Gustav Klimt and Armand-Albert Rateau. A+A interviewed a representative of the Workshop via email today: How many pieces will be [...]

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Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin takes her cues from the best of the best. Like Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia, that sixth-century Greek Orthodox basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum. “It’s is my favorite building in the world,” says the owner of New Ravenna Mosaics. “I took a thousand pictures of it, and hundreds of its worn floors – just of the tile and the [...]

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Dream of Venice: Alive and Mysterious

Dream of Venice: Alive and Mysterious

If Venice is a dream state, then a new book about the city built on a lagoon is its vivid interpretation. At its heart, Dream of Venice is a book of visions. Some are reverential images captured by Charles Christopher, a copywriter-turned-photographer who spent two weeks there in 2011. Others are prose poetry from the [...]

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A Rorschach Test for Kitchen or Bath

A Rorschach Test for Kitchen or Bath

Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons met at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1980s. They were studying classical textile design, like the pastoral scenes of Toile – horses, fox-hunting and picnicking – where deep reds or blues are usually printed on a cream-colored background. In 1990, the pair set themselves up for business in a [...]

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Houses by Eliel and Eero Saarinen

Houses by Eliel and Eero Saarinen

Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen have a new book out on residences designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in Finland and the U.S. Princeton Architectural Press kindly arranged an email interview for A+A: Why did you decide to do a book on Saarinen houses? During our work with the Finnish architects’ summerhouses book, (published by [...]

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In Taiwan, A Tower by Richard Meier

In Taiwan, A Tower by Richard Meier

Vivian Lee is a native of Taiwan who left at age seven to be raised in the states. Now she’s returned to Taichung as an architect with Richard Meier & Partners, to design a 41-story condominium tower in that booming city. “Obviously there’s a personal connection, but also there’s a lot happening in Taiwan right [...]

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How to Conserve 400 Tiffany Drawings

How to Conserve 400 Tiffany Drawings

A paper conservator, intently engaged in restoring the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of drawings from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios, will discuss her work tonight during a lecture in midtown Manhattan. Marina Ruiz-Molina’s presentation will focus on the various strategies employed to conserve about 400 Tiffany drawings so they can be properly studied and [...]

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Design Hunting’s Home in East Harlem

Design Hunting’s Home in East Harlem

Item #2 from the Winter 2015 issue of New York magazine’s Design Hunting: The East Harlem home Jeffrey Ventura Morell shares with his partner, Lyndel Urbano, is an 850-square-foot, loftlike apartment inside a recently renovated former warehouse. But the space is considerably different from what you’d expect to find behind the building’s glass facade: a slice [...]

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